Diana Landis, a noted conductor and music educator, has been appointed director of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ (LACC) Apprentice Choir, marking her return to the chorus after a 10-year absence during which time she taught music in various capacities in Orange County. Landis replaces Larissa Donnelly, who relocated to Texas.
Landis formerly directed LACC’s Apprentice Choir for five years (1993-1998) and the Intermediate Choir during the 2000-2001 season. She currently teaches general music to grades one through six at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Newport Beach. She also oversees an instrumental music program for the seventh and eighth graders and directs the two Parish children’s choirs: Gaudete Singers for third and fourth grades and Cantate Choir for grades five through eight. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education from the University of Southern California and holds a California Life Credential to teach music in grades K-12. Landis also earned certification in Levels I-III from Choral Music Experience; studied the KodÃ¡ly method with Katinka Daniel; and studied Orff-Schulwerk Levels I-III under the mentorship of Jos Wuytack. Landis serves as President of the Southern California Chapter of Chorister’s Guild and is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association and the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Her previous professional experience includes teaching music education in Saddleback Valley Unified School District (1976-1983); administrating and teaching her own Music & Movement business in Newport Beach; and directing children’s choirs at both St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and Irvine Presbyterian Church.
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs. Founded in 1986 and currently led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, LACO, Pasadena Symphony and POPs and Calder Quartet. The chorus’ roster includes more than 350 children aged 6-18 from 60 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and â€œFirst Experiences in Singingâ€ classes for young singers.
LACC has toured North and South America, China and Europe, and produced the world-premiere of â€œKeepers of the Night,â€ an opera by Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock. The chorus appeared on LA Master Chorale’s Decca recording â€œA Good Understanding,â€ and PlÃ¡cido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording â€œAmore Infinitoâ€ (“Infinite Love”) and, in 2011, gave the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s â€œDona Nobis Pacem.â€
The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated â€œSing!,â€ about a year in the life of the choir; â€œSing Opera!,â€ documenting the production of LACC’s commissioned family opera â€œKeepers of the Nightâ€ ; and â€œSing China!,â€ chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics.
For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: www.lachildrenschorus.org